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Day and Night World Map

The map below shows the current position of the Sun and the Moon. It shows which parts of the Earth are in daylight and which are in night.

Map showing day and night parts of the world

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Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:52:00 UTC.
  • The Sun's position is marked with this symbol: Sun symbol. At this location, the Sun will be at its zenith (directly overhead) in relation to an observer.
  • The Moon's position is marked with this symbol: Moon symbol. At this location, the Moon will be at its zenith in relation to an observer. Note that the symbol is not showing the current phase of the Moon.
  • Different shades of darkness are used to indicate night; these shades are in order from lightest to darkest:
    • Civil Twilight (lightest shade)
    • Nautical Twilight
    • Astronomical Twilight
    • Night, no twilight (darkest)
  • Latitude circles
    • NPC – Northern Polar Circle, or Arctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' N. At locations north of the Arctic Circle, the Sun is visible all day and night during a period before and after the June solstice.
    • NT – Northern Tropic, or Tropic of Cancer, is at latitude 23°26' N and is the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during June solstice, around June 21).
    • ST – Southern Tropic, or Tropic of Capricorn, is at latitude 23°26' S and is the southernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during December solstice, around December 21).
    • SPC – Southern Polar Circle, or Antarctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' S. South of this latitude, the Sun is visible all day and night during summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Map is generated based on images from NASA

Position of the Sun

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' South, Longitude: 3° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.92 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.8 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.9"1037.75 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.75 mi
24 hours0° 04' 25.9"5.11 miwest0° 23' 42.7"27.16 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 11' North, Longitude: 91° 06' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.48 meters/second, 1517.3 km/hour, 942.8 miles/hour or 819.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.71 miwest0° 00' 01.2"0.03 misouth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 30' 58.2"942.53 miwest0° 01' 22.0"1.57 misouth942.60 mi
24 hours11° 34' 33.8"751.72 mieast0° 58' 19.6"66.87 misouth756.97 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

The following table shows 10 locations with Sun near zenith position in the sky.

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São ToméTue 11:52 AM321 km200 miles174 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santo António (Príncipe)Tue 11:52 AM448 km278 miles242 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port-GentilTue 12:52 PM542 km336 miles292 nmEast E
LibrevilleTue 12:52 PM621 km386 miles335 nmEast E
Port HarcourtTue 12:52 PM668 km415 miles361 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BataTue 12:52 PM695 km432 miles375 nmEast-northeast ENE
MalaboTue 12:52 PM708 km440 miles382 nmNortheast NE
LagosTue 12:52 PM759 km471 miles410 nmNorth N
CotonouTue 12:52 PM765 km475 miles413 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Benin CityTue 12:52 PM766 km476 miles414 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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